Puerto Vallarta Launches ‘Operation Dengue and Chikungunya’

The Health Ministry of Jalisco (SSJ), in coordination with the States of Jalisco and Nayarit, has launched Operation Dengue and Chikungunya in Puerto Vallarta and around Riviera Nayarit.

The operation aims to strengthen epidemiological surveillance, reduce mosquito breeding, and increased spraying to reduce the incidence of the diseases.

“If we have the ability to remove the reservoir, remove the dishes, all containers where the larva, the acrobat grows and becomes a mosquito, that will help us to have a positive impact to be able to eliminate disease,” said Health Secretary Jalisco, Agustín Jaime Gonzalez Alvarez.

Jalisco is an important front in the fight against Dengue and Chikungunya. Jalisco is the first state in the country to report a case of Chikungunya, and Puerto Vallarta is among the countries leader in yearly infections of Dengue.

Year to date, Jalisco is reporting a reduction of dengue cases by 73% comparing 2014 and 2015.

Chikungunya cases in the country are led by the state of Guerrero. All reported cases have been imported, no case of chikungunya has been proven to have been spread within Mexico.

Residents can help control the spread of these diseases by removing any standing water outside or in laundry sinks around their homes where mosquitoes breed.

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